Today’s economic news is quite good. The unemployment rate has fallen below 6 per cent for the first time since July 2008, and 248,000 new jobs were created in September. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has increased its estimate of new jobs created in July and August.
Our nation’s economic recovery is no thanks to Tom Reed, our congressman. In October 2013, Reed voted to continue the government shutdown, which reduced our GDP by $24 billion and cut the rate of economic growth by .6 per cent, according to Standard and Poor’s. The spending cuts Reed continues to favor for Social Security, Medicare, and other programs are just the opposite of what the country needs as it seeks to get back on the path of economic growth,
Reed has never really explained his 2013 vote to damage the economy, as this blog has pointed out before. He owes the voters either an explanation or an apology.
In the midst of the shutdown, Martha Robertson, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd, had this to say about Reed and his fellow Tea Party extremists. “Their reckless actions are hurting Americans and threatening our fragile economic recovery.”
Martha was right about that, making one more reason to vote for her on November 4.